Leg 6: Holly to Vail, CO
Denver and Georgetown, CO
About the Route
The Mile High City offers everything any big city offers, with a dose of incredible scenery in all directions. Experience cosmopolitan life with a Rocky Mountain twist by enjoying the mile-long promenade of shops and outdoor cafes at the downtown 16th Street Mall. With 28 outdoor cafes to choose from, you can sit on the cobblestone pedestrian-only street and people watch while you enjoy hearty Denver fare and a great microbrew.
Drive up hairpin-curved Lariat Loop Drive to Buffalo Bill’s gravesite and museum as you leave Denver on Interstate 70. After your museum visit, check out a live herd of buffalo at I-70’s exit 250.
From I-70 through the Rocky Mountains there is so much to see and do along what was once the heart of the gold mining boom. Georgetown is recognizable from at least one Clint Eastwood film and thanks to its well preserved Victorian buildings and famed Hotel de Paris.
Between Georgetown and Vail, stop and enjoy the history, culture, and scenic beauty of one of America’s most incredible drives.
Side Trips & Must Do
16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and Gravesite, historic Georgetown Food Indulgences: Gold miners needed hearty food, as did anyone experiencing a harsh Colorado winter. Do as the locals did and enjoy buffalo meat, leg of lamb with mint jelly, rainbow trout, a Denver sandwich, fried mountain turkey, duck, braised bison tongue, Rocky Mountain oysters, fruit cobbler, microbrews and coffee.